Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What To Do With Your Share---Week 11

Sunrise tomato harvest

When a bounty of food enters the home, a plan is needed to make the most of the surplus. With this week’s share one thing you can do is eat as many fresh tomatoes as you can, as such windfalls are fleeting. Eating a whole fresh tomato, cut into thick wedges, and topped with some salt and olive oil is an opportunity that should not be missed. The simpler the better.

You can also juice them into a drink. Tomato juice with some salt, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco is a refreshing drink.

You can also make sauce. We made some on Monday with a couple crates of tomatoes one step away from compost. Slicers like you are getting are make a tasty sauce, but it is a bit thin unless you cook it down. We cook ours in an electric roaster on the porch. It keeps the house cooler.

Another option is to freeze your excess tomatoes. Drop them into a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds to one minute, then remove with a slotted spoon, and place in cold water. The skins should be cracked . Peel the skins off the tomatoes, squeeze and drain them before placing in a freezer bag.

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